Appendicitis Treatment San Antonio
If you have appendicitis, you are doing more harm than good by waiting to see a doctor. The symptoms are intense, but they can worsen by waiting to seek treatment. Visit the Digestive & Liver Disease Center of San Antonio for appendicitis treatment.
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Appendicitis – This is an inflammation of your appendix. Appendicitis can be severely painful. Without proper treatment, it can lead to a life-threatening infection.
The appendix is a tube-like pouch connected to your large intestine. Its purpose is not fully understood. It may play a role in fighting infection. It may be a remnant from our evolutionary past. It can be removed without causing harm to your body.
Causes of Appendicitis
Appendicitis is commonly caused by a blockage that seals your appendix from the rest of your intestines. This blockage can be caused by feces, growths, swelling, or other problems. The blockage allows bacteria to multiply in your appendix. It becomes swollen and inflamed. Eventually, it can burst. This spills the dangerous bacteria into your abdomen.
Appendicitis typically causes sudden, unfamiliar abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in the lower right side of your abdomen or it may begin near your navel and then move down to the lower right side. This pain can worsen quickly. It may hurt more when you move, take deep breaths, cough, and sneeze. You may also have loss of appetite. You may have nausea and vomiting. You may experience constipation or diarrhea. Your abdomen may feel bloated. And you may develop a mild fever.
Treatment for appendicitis usually involves surgery to remove your appendix. This is called an “appendectomy.” You may also take antibiotics and have a tube temporarily placed through your skin to drain the infection. If your appendix has burst, your abdomen may need to be opened to remove the bacteria. Your healthcare provider will create a care plan that is right for your needs